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Hong Kong, City Secrets: Temptation Island

03.30.2010

Every time I?m in Causeway Bay I make my routine stop at a little 4-story mall called Island Beverley. (That usually means I am there 3 to 4 times a week.) Situated at the corner of one of the busiest streets of Hong Kong, Island Beverley is the heart of local Hong Kong fashion.

 

Every time I'm in Causeway Bay I make my routine stop at a little 4-story mall called Island Beverley. (That usually means I am there 3 to 4 times a week.) Situated at the corner of one of the busiest streets of Hong Kong, Island Beverley is the heart of local Hong Kong fashion. After going up the escalators to the first floor of the mall, you are immediately greeted by dozens of tiny boutiques just a tad bigger than a telephone booth, crammed with funky accessories, shoes and clothing. Inventories are updated frequently, which explains my just-as-frequent visiting schedule. While some of the stores showcase local designers, others carry hard-to-find Japanese and Korean brands. Every store has its own character: edgy, bohemian, androgynous, fashion-forward. You name it, they?ve probably got it. While it?s true that Hong Kong residents are completely obsessed with luxury name brands and would rather save up for the ?It? bag of the season or scour designer outlets, Island Beverley is still a hit. Thanks to the reasonable prices, young locals and expats alike enjoy this emporium; it?s the perfect way to try out new trends without worrying about their imminent expiration dates. My favorite fashion finds from Island Beverley? Alexander Wang-inspired exposed-zip jeans, a lambskin leather shoulder bag that I have used to death, and an old-school gold Casio digital watch.